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Whither Foreign Ministries in a Post-Western World?

25 Apr 2013 - 23:01
Source: ASEM

The existential crisis of diplomacy is a cliché well past its sell-by date. No one seriously doubts the future of diplomats or diplomacy. The position of the foreign ministry is less secure. As domestic ministries contribute more to foreign policy, which itself becomes more domestic, many argue that foreign ministries have lost their role. They have lost their monopoly over foreign policy making. Their aspiration to coordinate the international activity of other ministries will be disappointed.